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Symantec Antivirus Research Center Expands In Response To Worldwide Increase In Computer Viruses

New anti-virus research center is built to combat increasing computer virus threats and to serve the growing needs of today's computer users

SANTA MONICA, Calif. --June 11, 1997-- Symantec Corporation (Nasdaq: SYMC), the world's leading supplier of utilities and anti-virus software, announced today the official opening of its new Symantec AntiVirus Research Center (SARC), one of the largest facilities of its kind in the world. The completely redesigned research center, which was originally founded in 1989, is staffed by a team of highly experienced engineers who work around the clock detecting and destroying computer viruses that can cause devastating problems for computer users.

The new SARC facility is the ultimate in high-tech labs and features more than 60 percent more space, glass walls, 120 computers and a dedicated power supply that can handle more than 190 systems at maximum power. The lab is an independent network and cannot be accessed by anyone outside of SARC. Once inside SARC, the technicians cannot access outside computers or networks, providing optimum anti-virus security.

In order to stay ahead of the recent proliferation of new computer viruses - at last count more than 200 per month - SARC recently opened research centers in other virus-dense locations of the world including Tokyo, Japan, Sydney, Australia and Leiden, The Netherlands. Because of the seriousness of the virus threats and the company's committed expertise and dedication to protecting its customers, Symantec has funded the state-of-the-art labs with more than $3 million annually.

"Expanding our SARC facility is a significant commitment towards the battle against and eventual eradication of computer viruses," said Enrique Salem, vice president, Symantec Security and Assistance Business Unit. "Symantec is committed to keeping our customer's computers safe and reliable anywhere, anytime. Whether they are downloading files from the Internet, opening e-mail attachments or accessing floppy disks, it is our mission to provide customers with the most complete and current virus protection possible."

SARC's mission is to provide swift, global responses to computer virus threats, proactively research and develop technologies that eliminate such threats, and to educate the public on safe computing practices. As new computer viruses appear, SARC develops identification and detection for these viruses, and provides either a repair or delete operation, thus keeping users protected against the latest virus threats. As the worldwide leader in virus detection and repair technology, Symantec is also the largest supplier of anti-virus technology products that are the protection of choice for more than 15 million users worldwide. The company helps keep computer users safe from computer viruses with award-winning products that provide technological support and quick responsiveness. An expert partner in anti-virus protection, Symantec also offers multi-tiered and tailored business solutions to corporate customers. The National Computer Security Association (NCSA) states that, since 1995, computer viruses have cost companies in the U.S. nearly $2 billion in lost data, repair costs, loss of productivity and more.

According to Alex Haddox, director of the Symantec AntiVirus Research Center (SARC), six to nine new computer viruses are discovered every day and, of those, there are an alarming number of macro viruses, a new breed of viruses that infect word processing and spreadsheet documents. As of late May, researchers have documented over 900 macro viruses, a 2,000 percent increase since August 1996, when there were only 42 documented macro viruses. The new SARC facility, built to support additional high-tech equipment and staff, is prepared to combat computer viruses that are now projected to reach more than 15,000 in number by the end of 1997.

Symantec's Leading AntiVirus Technology
Norton AntiVirus technology provides flexible and adaptable anti-virus security solutions. LiveUpdate revolutionizes the update process and provides end-users with an easy way to protect against both today's virus threats and those that will appear in the future. With the click of a button, LiveUpdate detects an Internet connection or modem, automatically connects it to a Symantec server, then downloads and installs the latest virus definitions. In addition to receiving Symantec's free monthly virus definition updates, LiveUpdate may also be used to install software patches and obtain product information.

SARC's Seeker is an artificially intelligent web-spider system that crawls through the World Wide Web searching for new and unknown viruses. Seeker is based upon three of Symantec's advanced modular anti-virus technologies; the Seeker file retrieval system, the Bloodhound virus-trait (heuristic) scanner, and the Symantec AntiVirus Research Automation system (SARA). Bloodhound detects viruses by inspecting suspect files for virus-like behavior. The Bloodhound heuristic technology has been shown to detect upwards of 80 percent of new and unknown viruses. If a program exhibits such virus-like behavior, it is passed on for further analysis to SARA. The SARA module takes a virus sample, extracts the unique qualities of the virus, and develops a Symantec detection and repair scheme in under five minutes.

About Symantec AntiVirus Research Center (SARC)
SARC is comprised of one of the world's largest dedicated teams of virus experts whose sole mission is to provide swift, global responses to computer virus threats, proactively research and develop technologies that eliminate such threats, and educate the public on safe computing practices. As new computer viruses appear, SARC develops identification and detection for these viruses, and provides either a repair or delete operation, thus keeping users protected against the latest virus threats. These virus definitions updates are available to users of Norton AntiVirus, and are easily obtained by using LiveUpdate or Intelligent Updater. LiveUpdate provides one-button access to the latest virus definition updates, free of charge (other than normal phone and Internet access charges) to registered users. Symantec is the only anti-virus company that provides its users virus definitions that are free of charge, easy to obtain and install, and updated monthly by SARC.

About Symantec Corporation
Symantec Corporation helps make users productive and keep their computers safe and reliable anywhere and anytime. Symantec offers a broad range of solutions and is acclaimed as a leader in both customer satisfaction and product brand recognition. The company is focused on addressing customer needs in three main application areas: the Norton product line of anti-virus and PC-assistance products; the Café product lines in Internet development tools.

Founded in 1982, the company's global operations span North America, Europe, Japan and several fast growing markets throughout Asia Pacific and Latin America. Traded on Nasdaq under the symbol SYMC, Symantec Corporation is based in Cupertino, California and employs more than 2000 people. Information on the company and its products can be obtained by calling (800) 441-7234 toll free, (541) 334-6054 or accessed on the World Wide Web at http://www.symantec.com

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